TORONTO, Nov. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The CAW and CEP are voicing their
opposition to the WTO ruling siding with the European Union and Japan's
complaint against Ontario's Green Energy Act and is urging the federal
government to appeal the decision.
The dispute centres on Ontario's feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which
requires regional and national electric-grid utilities to purchase
electricity from renewable sources like solar, wind and hydro-electric
At issue is the fact that Ontario government requires the renewable
energy projects to source local content - with a minimum amount of
goods and services from Ontario. The WTO deemed that the program
violates the WTO General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
"This decision aims to destroy the kind of inventive, creative job
creation policies that are absolutely necessary to put our economy on
the right foot and to prepare for the future," said CAW President Ken
Lewenza, in response to the ruling. "Governments in Canada at every
level must have the capacity to encourage local production through
procurement policies. These kinds of thoughtful policies should be
replicated right across the country, not dismantled."
"Although not perfect, the Green Energy Act at least has proposals to
revitalize Ontario's hard-hit manufacturing sector and set Canada on a
path of greater local, and sustainable energy development," said CEP
National President Dave Coles.
"It's blatantly undemocratic that an unelected body like the WTO can
quash this initiative. Governments should have the power to implement
policies that promote the economy and the environment simultaneously,
without big business interests looking over their shoulder."
The CAW and CEP is urging the federal government to appeal the WTO
SOURCE: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
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